Canada blasted for 'needlessly punitive' immigration detention system

A group of human and civil rights organizations has filed a submission to the UN Human Rights Council, saying Canada's treatment of immigration detainees violates international law.

Posted:
October 17, 2017
Article source:
Toronto Star

30 November - 2 December: Canadian Council for Refugees Fall Consultation

The CCR Fall Consultation 2017 theme is Human Rights Have no Borders. It will take place in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Posted:
October 17, 2017
Article source:
Canadian Council for Refugees

Landmark decision rules WSIB practice that limits compensation for injured migrant workers breaches the law

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal ruled that the WSIB policy breached the rights of Michael Campbell, an injured migrant worker from Jamaica. 

Posted:
October 05, 2017
Article source:
Industrial Accident Victims' Group of Ontario (IAVGO)

Fewer than 1% of illegal border crossers have serious criminal backgrounds, CBSA official says

Appearing before the House of Commons immigration committee today, CBSA associate vice-president Jacques Cloutier said any potential risks are swiftly identified and dealt with.

Posted:
October 05, 2017
Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

He's worked legally in Canada for 37 years but the government considers him 'temporary'

Low-wage migrant farmworkers are a crucial and growing part of Canada’s economy. Yet in most cases it’s impossible for them to get permanent status.

Posted:
October 05, 2017
Article source:
Toronto Star

New language and residency rules for Canadian citizenship kick in next week

Shorter residency requirement and new age requirements for language and knowledge tests will soon take effect in the revamped citizenship system.

Posted:
October 04, 2017
Article source:
Toronto Star

October 31: Race, Gendered Violence, and the Rights of Women with Precarious Immigration Status

When: Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 2 p.m. ET

Where: Online

This webinar aims to build the capacity of settlement workers and lawyers to work with non-status, racialized women who have experienced gendered violence.

Posted:
October 04, 2017
Article source:
Canadian Council for Refugees

October 11: Supporting Refugee Claimants: Practical steps (part of Improving Access to Justice series)

When: Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET

Where: Online

This webinar is presented as an opportunity for front-line workers across the country to benefit from the expertise of those who have been working with claimants for many years.

Posted:
October 02, 2017
Article source:
Canadian Council for Refugees

New and Revised CLEO Publications - September 28, 2017

CLEO announces new and updated resources. All CLEO resources are provided free of charge. For a complete list of our publications, please visit www.cleo.on.ca.

Posted:
September 28, 2017
Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)

The law says refugee claims must be heard in 60 days. So why are people waiting 16 months?

Canada has a backlog of more than 30,000 refugee claims, a tally that's growing at roughly 1,400 cases per month.

Posted:
September 21, 2017
Article source:
Toronto Star